Don’t miss the chance to cruise on Southampton’s ‘hidden gem’!

A heritage, cargo-passenger ship included in the National Historic Fleet, SS Shieldhall was launched on the Clyde in 1955, and later owned by Southern Water until her purchase for £20,000 in 1988 by the charity that still operates her. Today the Shieldhall is a unique seagoing ‘time capsule’.

She provides a working example of steamship machinery both above and below deck, typical of the cargo and passenger ships that plied the oceans of the world between the 1870s and 1960s, after which they became all but extinct. Whilst other heritage ships are held permanently in dry dock, the Shieldhall is very active, with a programme that allows passengers to access the impressive steam engines at work in the engine room itself, and the bridge, complete with traditional instruments and gleaming brasswork.Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 09.21.58

Shieldhall continues to operate a variety of day cruises in the Solent and further afield. Passengers are encouraged to see how the ship operates, and meet the Captain and volunteer crew. Relax on board and listen to the commentary of the sites and sounds of Southampton Water, as Shieldhall passes the outgoing cruise ships. Shieldhall is considered a very stable vessel, providing an excellent viewing platform. There is plenty of covered seating on board, a Children’s Passport to follow, and a fully licensed bar and saloon serving hot snacks and refreshments.

The 2016 cruising programme runs from June – September, with a variety of trips from 2hr to all-day cruises. Look out too for ‘alongside events’ taking place in dock.

Shieldhall sails from Southampton on Sat 4 June; Sun 5 June; Sat 18 June; Sun 19 June; Sun 3 July; Sat 23 July; Sun 24 July; Fri 12 Aug; Sun 14 Aug; Mon 15 Aug; Sat 3 Sept; Sun 4 Sept; Sat 10 Sept; Sun 11 Sept; Sat 17 Sept; Sun 18 Sept 2016 and from Poole Quay on Fri 19 Aug; Sat 20 Aug; Sun 21 Aug and Mon 22 Aug 2016.

Check the website www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk for full details, advice on berth departures, car parking arrangements and prices. For tickets, call 0844 357 2329 (calls should cost no more than 5p per minute from a landline)